An upgrade to my 2013 iMac

Apple iMac

I've worked on a few upgrades to our family computers in recent months: my 2008 MacBook Pro, my mom's 2007 iMac and my own late-2013 iMac (A1419, EMC 2639). This is the tale I'd like to recount for you now, because it's something that I've had to deal with since last autumn (october of 2018), [...]

Unscrupulous customer care at Apple

This is one of those posts I don't enjoy writing but this must be said. I have a mid-2011 27" iMac (with AppleCare). It has now broken down three times for the very same problem (its video card goes bad). Other things on it also broke down, like the SuperDrive. Bottom line: Apple has refused [...]

Why is it that Apple has three messaging apps?

   Back when Apple brought out FaceTime, I couldn't get why it had to make a separate video chat app when it already had iChat. Now we have a third app included with iOS 5, called iMessage. Why? If the people at Apple are intent on making little messaging apps, each with their micro-purpose, then [...]

Java finally acknowledges upgrade issues

Not sure how many of you have been aware of this, but Java upgrades over the past several years have been problematic for Windows users. When a new version of Java came out, the installer would prompt you to upgrade, but would never prompt you to remove the old version, or do it for you. [...]

File corruption rears its ugly head

During the last few weeks, I've seen the following error in Adobe Lightroom 3. There I am, editing photos, minding my own business, and when I try to view a photo for editing, I get the error message you see above: "The file appears to be unsupported or damaged." When I try to view the [...]

SmugMug, are you listening?

I'm disappointed with SmugMug over their continued lack of support for proper export and maintenance of photographs directly from Lightroom. Back in July, I wrote about the Flickr Publish Service in Lightroom, and wondered when SmugMug would introduce their own. What I was really looking for (and I said this in the post) was a [...]

BMW 325i build quality problems

I put together a short video review of the build quality problems in the 2006 BMW 235i sport sedan. These are things like: Rotting or loose rubber seams on the outside Easily scratched/worn door handles Faulty cup holders Flimsy, easily melted cigarette lighters Soft plastic finishes that disintegrate and scuff right away Broken window shades [...]